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If anything in this life is certain if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.
It's no secret that 72' Godfather disappointed me and left a sour taste in my mouth. I thought I'd like it, but it turned out to be a very monotonous and boring journey. As for this film, The Godfather II is an entirely opposite experience. Coppola's 1974 film did everything the first wasn't able to do.
This film isn't afraid to show its dark side that won't hesitate long to make you feel heavy punch under the belt. It opens with nine-year-old getting killed, an assassination attempt at Michael Corleone's house. All these things brought good energy solidifying part two a true mafia blood feast.
Michael Corleone's transformation becoming the head of the family was impressively combined with the origins of his father in a nonlinear narrative. Such a choice perfectly described Michael and his aspirations for Vito. Trying to fill his dad shoes. There is something calm, but yet cold and dangerous about Al Pacino's performance which I adore. Also, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, and others played very well.
Most of the film everything was pretty flawless, except the fact, there were some major dubbing issues and in movies like this one, I can't ignore that. A little hesitation in the final act made my appetite disappear, but because of a few good twists and turns, it was worth it.
It took a long time to finally watch this film, especially when I see the runtime is 3 hours. Often that makes me insecure about its pacing and balance of the story. Taking into consideration that Brando's film fell low in my eyes. At the end of the day, The Godfather Part II is classic and it holds its own against beloved Corleone family of 1972.